SAIKI, Yumi 斉木由美 (info)


Born in Mie Prefecture in 1964, Yumi Saiki graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Arts and Music. After graduating from Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in 1991, she joined Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris the same year, where she graduated with top honors of Premier prix à Premier nommé in 1995. In 2005, she pursued further research into electronic music and composition at IRCAM in Paris.

Saiki has been the recipient of several prizes, including the second prize in the Music Competition of Japan in 1993 and the Akutagawa Award for Music Composition in 2005. She has also been commissioned by various groups including Music Tomorrow, Music From Japan, Suntory Foundation for Arts, and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, as well as several renowned performing artists. Her major works have been performed by leading orchestras such as NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble L’itinéraire, Alter Ego, and Tokyo Sinfonietta in music festivals and concerts in Darmstadt, Caen, Gaudeamus, and Takefu etc.

In 2014, a concert of Saiki’s chamber works were presented at Gifu Collection of Modern Arts. Her two CDs, Confessionand Entomophonie, were released by ALM-RECORDS and Fontec, respectively, in 2014. Both were special picks of The Record Geijutsuand recommended discs of The Asahi Shimbun.

Two series of works central to her oeuvre, Song of Insectsand Metamorphosesexamine questions of time structure in new music. In recent years, she has attempted to create work using religious subjects or events unrelated to music.

Saiki gave a presentation of her works at Suntory Hall in November 2018. The concert include a new orchestral commission as part of “Composer’s Profile II 2018.”

She is currently a member of the faculty at Tokyo University of the Arts and Kunitachi College of music as well as its graduate school.

1964年三重県生まれ。愛知県立芸術大学卒業後、1991年渡仏。翌年パリ・エコールノルマル音楽院を卒業し、1995年パリ国立高等音楽院を第1位指名で1等賞を得、首席で卒業。2005年IRCAM講習生。日本音楽コンクール、芥川作曲賞などを受賞。これまでに、Music Tomorrow、Music from Japan、サントリー芸術財団、読売日本交響楽団などの団体や、優れた演奏家からの委嘱新作を多数発表している。主要作品は、NHK交響楽団などのオーケストラや、Ensemble L’Iitinéraire、ALTER EGO、東京シンフォニエッタなどの国内外の現代音楽アンサンブルや演奏家たちによって、ダルムシュタット、カーン、ガウデアムス、武生などの音楽祭や演奏会で紹介されている。